Hunter Funeral Home stays atop Little League standings

Posted by | June 1, 2009 12:00 am

 Hunter Funeral Home won three games in a one-week stretch over Red Turner’s to keep a strong hold on first place in the 11/12 year old division of Sparta Little League.
On the 16th, Hunter’s defeated Red Turner’s Sporting Goods 8-1. Tyler Brock and Allen Newport combined to pitch their team to the win. Brock got the start allowing one run on one hit. That single by Tyler Qualls was the lone hit of the game for Red Turner’s. Brock struck out four and walked two. Newport did not give up a hit while striking out five batters and walking one.
Three different pitchers took the mound for … Read More


Floyd and Barbara Ann Rider

Posted by | May 30, 2009 12:00 am

Floyd Benjamin Rider and Barbara Ann Rider, both of Sparta, passed away in 2009.

Mr. Rider passed away April 11, 2009, and Mrs. Rider passed away May 22, 2009.
Mr. Rider was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Ohio, to Joseph E. and Ruby Foote Rider . Mrs. Rider was born Oct. 8, 1940, in Ohio, to Walter and Miranda King Brubaker.
The couple was married Dec. 12, 1981, and lived many years in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Mr. Rider was a painting contractor and enjoyed fishing. Mrs. Rider worked at many jobs, but longest and most recent at the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper.
Mr. Rider was preceded in … Read More

Anne Emily Brogden

Posted by | May 30, 2009 12:00 am

Anne Emily Brogden, 87, of Sparta, passed away May 29, 2009, at the Life Care Center of Sparta.

Ms. Brogden was born April 26, 1922, in White County, to the Ira G. and Lela A. Moss Brogden.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Moss Brogden, and niece, Gwynn Ann Brogden.
Survivors include her nephew, Gary Brogden and wife Janice, of Sparta; great-nephew, Rhyn Brogden and wife Becky, of Sparta; great-niece, Shana Martin and husband Scott, of Greensboro, N.C.; great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Zoe Cantrell, Alex Cantrell, Sara Kate Brogden, Benjamin Luke Brogden, all of Sparta; and sister, Rubye Brogden, of Sparta.
Funeral service will be … Read More

Sparta man arrested for robbery

Posted by | May 29, 2009 12:00 am

Still image taken from South Young Market's video camera.

Edward K. Bain Jr., 32, of Sparta

On May 28, a Sparta man was arrested for the robbery of South Young Market on May 26.
According to Investigator Allen Selby with Sparta Police Department, Edward K. Bain Jr., 32, of Sparta, was taken into custody after officers with SPD and White County Sheriff Department located him traveling in his vehicle.
Selby stated Investigator Travis Barker received information about the possible identity of the robber on Wednesday night. The information reportedly led Barker to evidence used to connect Bain to the robbery.
“He was taken into custody and taken to … Read More


I love armchair editors

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

I have recently become the target of several people who love to critize and know nothing else. Only a fool would not listen to their criticism. I would love for some of them to sit in my chair, hear, and see what I see. It has been a bit of an eye opener, I now understand why some people have been getting on me about how they are characterized on our blogs. Some of the comments can be a bit cruel, especially if they are unfounded.
Yet, I can only fault myself for this. I have created a “monster” of unbelievable portions. It is so easy for people … Read More


Let in the ‘Sun’ shine

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Suncrest. L-R: Vicki Selby, RN; Gail Judd, account manager; Kim Taylor, office manager; and Elaine Watkins, branch director.

SunCrest Home Health
Address
461 Vista Drive
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone
(931) 836-6255
Names of owners
Wally Dant, Gary and Barbara Rasmussen, Brenda Dunn
Type of business
Home health services
How long has the business been in operation?
March 2009
Anything else you would like to share
“SunCrest Healthcare, Inc was established in November 2005 for the purpose of developing Medicare/Medicaid-certified home health agencies in the Southern U.S. with agencies in the following states: Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Mississippi. The operating philosophy focuses on developing effective partnerships with the … Read More


Corrections officer recognized

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Quick action. Sheriff Oddie Shoupe with White County Sheriff Department congratulates corrections officer, Cpl. Julie Rizor, after a letter from an inmate recommended she be recognized for her quick actions.

Because of a letter from an inmate at White County Justice Center, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe commended Cpl. Julie Rizor for taking quick action to help the inmate, who was in distress.
In the letter from Tracey Grissom, he stated he was lying on his bunk and ‘burped up’ what he believed was acid reflux. As he rose to vomit, some of it went down his windpipe, causing him to be unable to breath.
Grissom wrote that … Read More


Summer school begins June 2

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Registration for Summer School will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 1, at the White County High School Cafeteria. Classes will begin June 2 and continue until June 25.
According to Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Sue Carmichael, children who were enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2008-2009 school year may attend summer classes for one half days. Children should arrive for classes at 7:30 a.m. and should be picked up at 11 a.m.
She stated children who were enrolled in Grades 1 through 5 during the 2008-2009 school year may choose to participate in summer school activities one half days from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or the … Read More


Probation searches net five drug arrests

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Brad Everett England and Amy Carmella England.

Growing pot. Four people were arrested after officers with White County Sheriff Department reportedly discovered approximately 70 marijuana plants at a residence.

Jeremy Robert Vaughn (left) and Paul Carlton Woodcock.

On May 21, officers with White County Sheriff Department arrested four individuals after marijuana plants, processed marijuana and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found at a residence on East Gooseneck Road.
According to Detective Dale Bumbalough, the department received information that Brad Everett England, 32, of Sparta, was involved in drug activity and living at a residence in contradiction to where he had told his probation officer.
During a probation search, officers … Read More


Police stepping up patrols

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Sparta police officers are making sure city residents are well protected as the department increases its presence in the community and implements new procedures and safety measures.
Chief Jeff Guth recently addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen about the work of the 15-officer department.
“We’ve been trying to work on our crash data,” said Guth. “We’re not going to eliminate crashes, but what we want to do is eliminate getting hurt.”
Guth said in April 2009, there were 19 crashes in City of Sparta, with only one injury. He also said officers are becoming more visible, especially on Highway 111, to help discourage excessive speed.
Another area … Read More


7 die in weekend crashes

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Statistics from Tennessee Department of Safety reveal seven people were killed in traffic crashes during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday period.
White County did not experience any fatal crashes, but six other counties were listed on the TDS log.
Neighboring Warren County was the site of one crash-related death, which occurred on State Route 70. Cocke County had two fatal crashes. Shelby, Madison, Monroe and Rutherford counties each logged one fatal crash.
According to TDS, none of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes. Five of the people killed were passengers. Four of those five were not wearing seat belts, according to THP Col. Mike Walker. One motorcyclist was … Read More


Special Olympics rewarding in numerous ways

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

Unified teams on the podium. Three of the Sparta unified teams were on the podium. They were (first from left) Chris Carrick and Corey Johnson, (third from left) Leah Benningfield and Wayne Presley and far right ( Jordan Armstrong and Michael Martin).

Special Olympics summer games. The White County High School Special Olympics team, along with their coaches and Unified Partners, pose outside Vanderbilt’s Gymnasium.

Bocce. Wayne Presley takes his turn in bocce as his unified partner, Leah Benningfield, looks on as well as Corey Johnson and his teammate, Chris Carrick.

Being involved in athletic competitions is nothing new for Corey Johnson, Leah Benningfield, Jordan Armstrong and Caroline … Read More


Semi-pro football comes to Upper Cumberland

Posted by | May 28, 2009 12:00 am

This summer, football fans who can’t wait for the fall version of football season can get an early start with the Tennessee Central Xpress semi-professional football team, who will be playing their home games across the Upper Cumberland.
The team, based out of Monterey, is owned by Ken Hall and is a member of the United South Football League. The USFL is made up of 21 different teams across the southeast with four being based in Tennessee. The head coach of the team is Ron Rench.
The inaugural Central Xpress team has a definite Sparta flavor. Six players reside in White County with four being former WCHS football … Read More



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